2018 Mazda 6 facelift previewed in M’sia – four variants

2018 Mazda 6 facelift previewed in M’sia – four variants

The facelifted Mazda 6 has arrived in Malaysia as a preview, ahead of its official market entrance for the country. Pricing has yet to be announced by official distributor Bermaz, though the fully-imported (CBU) model can be expected to be in the RM200k ballpark, with the outgoing 2017 model being pegged north of RM215,000 in 2.2 litre diesel sedan guise.

Hiroshima’s refreshed D-segment offering will be available in four variants, comprising a 162 hp/213 Nm 2.0 litre petrol sedan, a 192 hp/258 Nm 2.5 litre petrol in sedan and Touring (station wagon) guises as well as a 188 hp/450 Nm 2.2 litre diesel sedan. Absent here from the latest roster of Mazda 6 variants is the 250 hp/420 Nm 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol. As for transmission, a six-speed automatic is found across the board.

Changes at the front include a grille surround that now flows beneath the headlamps rather than above them as seen previously. Elsewhere, new LED daytime running lights feature revised graphics, while the front bumper now includes the slim ‘whiskers’ from the CX-5, and a new 19-inch wheel design is also featured, with 225/45R19 tyres. The base 2.0 litre gets 17-inchers shod in 225/55R17 tyres.

All variants get self-leveling, automatic LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, while tail lamps are LED across the board. As for rear foglamps, LEDs feature on the sedans, while the Touring wagon gets bulbed units. Instrumentation-wise, the 2.0 litre comes with a standard 4.6-inch TFT LCD screen in its instrument cluster, the rest of the range adding on a colour screen and a heads-up display.

Infotainment-wise, the MZD Connect system with voice command support is accessed via an eight-inch full colour touchscreen and multi-function Commander Control switchgear. The base 2.0 litre sedan gets a six-speaker audio system, while the rest get a 11-speaker Bose audio setup.

Standard kit includes a leather steering wheel, G-Vectoring Control and a reverse camera. Moving up from the 2.0 litre, the cars get paddle shifters and a 360-degree view monitor setup. All petrol models come with a Sports mode selector switch.

The entire 2018 Mazda 6 range gets six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchor points, ABS, stability control, EBD and brake assist, traction control, emergency stop signal, hill launch assist and auto hold. The base 2.0 litre sedan omits a speed-sensing auto door lock and walk-away lock function found on the other three models.

Also standard on the 2.5 litre petrols and 2.2 litre diesel are adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver attention alert and Smart City Brake Support.

Pricing of the facelifted Mazda 6 – which comes with a five-year/100,000 km warranty as well as a three-year/60,000 km free maintenance package – has yet to be confirmed.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

 

Comments

  • Kenny on Aug 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

    (Like) 2018 Mazda6.
    (Dislike) 2018 Toyota Camry

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    • Listen to Mazda USA; if u wanna gud Toyota, go get a Mazda.

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    • Nocturnal Animals on Aug 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      (Like) 2018 Mazda 6
      (Dislike) 2018 Honda Accord

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    • Ahura Mazda on Aug 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      it’s about time Mazda must seek expertise from Panasonic/Sony/Sharp to redesign its conventional instrument cluster dashboard to full LCD/OLED screen instrument panels.

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  • John May 9 Nangis on Aug 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Mazda 6 was a failure before, now, with this kind of pricing, expect it to have ZERO sales.

    Why should I buy a Mazda for RM220k when I can buy a Nissan Teana for RM123k? or a Honda Accord for RM135k?

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    • prof brain on Aug 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      mazda thought the kia stinger die already?

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    • top up a bit, I can get a BMW 330e

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    • Do you even read? Where did they mention about the price??? You compare this car with a low spec Teana and Accord??

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    • Trollhunter on Aug 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Mazda 6 a failure? Misrepresenting the prices of vehicles to make a dubious point? Obvious troll is obvious. You’re always on the site spouting ignorant garbage so these comments are pretty consistent. Keep it up, and we’ll keep laughing at your stupidity.

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  • Afeeq on Aug 10, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Nice classic design.

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  • Teddy King on Aug 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Why they did not bring in the 2.5 turbo? It will be the perfect rival for Passat 2.0 or the Optima GT.

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  • Finally the 2.0 and 2.5 gets the same front end for this second facelift as opposed the different versions for the first facelift!! (Even one of the PT journos who reported on the first facelift didn’t get what I am saying about other markets getting the same front end while our market had two different front ends.)

    Anyway, bila MZD Connect nak feature Apple Carplay and Android Auto?

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    • Have to wait for 3rd facelift

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    • Jonathan Lee (Member) on Aug 12, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      All markets received a choice of two front ends for the previous facelifted Mazda 6 – the old fascia for models with halogen headlights, and the updated one for those with LED headlights (the latter received new LED tail lights too). That was the case even in markets like the United States.

      Now, all cars get LED headlights, so this solves the issue.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Mmmmm for some reason the first pic I zoomed in to have a look was the pic with the girl in it. If Mazda wanted to catch my eye, they were successful in it…in the wrong way lol

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  • Proton oh Proton on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    emissions test pass or not?

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  • Ben Yap on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    civic turbo can outrun the 2.0 version with ease and yet cheaper price. how good is that?

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  • Like the Zoom Zoom feel~~ but the price is way too far.

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  • Mikey on Aug 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Bermaz is selling the facelift Mazda6 past RM200k bcoz its a CBU unit. I believe with this kind of pricing, most who can afford don’t mind buying a “smaller” German saloon like the C-class/3 series as can be seen on our roads.

    With this kind of pricing, even a Passat 2 liter turbo under RM200k now looks like a bargain.

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  • It doesn’t even have the digital centre speedo display…

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  • poor man jaguar

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  • garfed on Aug 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    no 2.5turbo???? nope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Aug 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    no turbo…pointless

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  • Sadly, Mazda radar cruise control still missing in all Mazda model in Malaysia, that expensive to add it on? Or Bermaz just want to maximize profit by cutting the spec? Not mentioning about the android auto and Apple carplay yet.

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  • If not mistaken, some oversea model comes with cooling seat. We should hv it here in our hot weather, why remove? I like this car, but if price is touching 200k then I have many other option like Passat. Hmm..why can’t they price it in same range as other Japanese counterpart? :/

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    • stastasta on Aug 13, 2018 at 11:27 am

      better save 40k and get the cx5 instead which has 90% similar equipment. audio system and 360 surround camera can add at accessories shop.

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  • why we don’t get the classy coffee coloured interior like the rest of the world…
    the diesel should get that….
    instead of the boring all black interior…

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  • https://s3.paultan.org/image/2018/02/2018-Mazda-6-Touring-wagon-pre-Geneva-2.jpg

    this is the interior that the top of the range should get

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  • still no Acc…. not full LCD panel ODO… sigh… Berjaya Mazda still undercut with specs consumers n charging premium. CBU.m floor mat made in china.. gives the consumers geninue CBU floor mat.. owning 2 gen of 6.. i m gonna ceased any potential mazda

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  • yeah.. any ideas if it is supposed to come with Apple carplay, paultan? the center lcd display 360 cam resolution is extremely low res.. all overseas review commented that

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  • Goin' Mad on Aug 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    It is really laughable how in this country anyone can boast how rich they are by buying a USD $50k Mazda 6. Absolutely insane.

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  • Mohd Affandi on Aug 11, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Bring in the diesel wagon please!

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  • the review didnt mention abt apple carplay.. thus, msia version is void from the above? again…NO ACC!… so instrumental odometer comes w full lcd display just like Benz? else, again undercut specs

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    • Must also improve the fugly designed steering wheel and dashboard and center console.

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  • What a big dissapointment! MAZDA 6 N/A again?? Where is the Turbo petrol unit?? We cant expect for turbo petrol unit because the model life span is just around the corner…… so only option is wait for new generation with SkyActiv X engine…

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  • fariq halim on Aug 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    People who compare the 6 to the Accord and Camry, will never buy or say good things about the 6. Stats and resale value does nothing for the 6. As a 1st Gen kodo 6 gt owner, I can honestly say that the 6 is about the individual experience of making a choice with your heart more than your brain. About how the car makes you feel and how good it is despite not being the fastest, the luxurious or the most practical. I am however very disappointed that the local distributor does not understand the Mazda philosophy and feels Malaysians do not deserve the 6 turbo. I hope Mazda finds a different distributor that understands their identity better

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